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Join me this Saturday, July 11 at the McLevy Green for the Bridgeport Arts Fest! I am so excited for this event because I’ll be surrounded by lots of friends and fellow creative entrepreneurs — BBA Bracelets, Cinder + Salt, Flotsam & Whimsey, Glitter & Bold, Hartford Prints!, Kate Stephen Jewelry, Rayne Home Decor, Refabed Chic, RZP Art and so SO many more crazy talented CT artists. See the full artist lineup here. See you there?
I love celebrating 4th of July every year, but this year I’m especially proud to be an American. In the past few weeks, our country has made incredible strides — most notably, securing the right to marry for our gay and lesbian friends. So on Saturday, my sister Suzi and I toasted to family, freedom, good weather, and great wine.
When I was asked to taste test a bottle of Middle Sister Wines, I had to laugh at how perfectly the wines and their quirky little characters captured being a middle sister. Says Middle Sister Wines: “Did you know that birth order is commonly believed to have a profound and lasting effect on psychological development? WE DID!!! And that is why we have dedicated a wine to the sister in the middle – the one who always seems to have a personality of her own, and steals the show.” Yes, I can admit to being a bit of a troublemaker/show stealer. But, hey, I had to work hard to stand out!
Suzi and I have always been close, but we didn’t always get along. As the older sister, she seemed to have a lot more fun (and cooler things) than I did. I would trail after her, invite myself along on her adventures, try to outshine her, and occasionally steal her things. I’m loud (in volume, personality, and wardrobe), mischievous, energetic, attention-seeking, creative, and maybe more than a little whacky. Classic signs of being a middle sister.
Neither of us are lushes, but we’ll have a glass or two of white wine occasionally. We especially love wine with our cupcakes.
I made my patriotic Berry Blue Velvet Jell-O Cupcakes again this year. They always come out a little more turquoise than blue, but they taste delicious so who cares?!
I love girly, super sweet wines, so I paired my cupcakes with the Sweet & Sassy Moscato, which has notes of white peaches, citrus and honeysuckle.
Suzi’s more of a Drama Queen Pinot Grigio girl, which had hints of apple and pear.
As is tradition, we spent Independence Day at our Dad’s house for his annual backyard fireworks extravaganza. We lit a few sparklers, ate a few cupcakes, and reminisced over our favorite sisterhood memories (me stealing her favorite blanket and getting away with it… Suzi helping me break out of the house when I was grounded…). We’re not as close with our youngest sister, but I’m so glad we have each other.
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I was especially happy because I got to spend the day with a group of really awesome boss babes and fellow Monarchs! From left to right: Betsy of Whisk + Brush, Maya of MOJALVO, Becca of Whisk + Brush, and yours truly!
We were a pretty fierce group of females, modeling Vintanthromodern Vintage’s latest rompers, swimsuits, and dresses.
My favorite outfit was this stripy fruity romper that perfectly matched the glass fruit statement necklace I’m also wearing.
Though I think everyone else had more fun watching me smolder at the camera in my red, white, and blue swimsuit, wrapped up in the American flag. (Also: look at how miniature I am standing next to the rest of the ladies! Ha!)
I was surprised at how many really cute bathing suits Melissa brought from the shop ~ all different sizes, too! She’s constantly adding more to the shop, so be sure to pop in often at 938 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511.
I like my handwriting, but there’s nothing decorative or fancy about it. One of my coworkers asked me to write on a chalkboard for her a few weeks ago, and I had to sadly decline and explain that a) I’m definitely creative but not artistic and b) I simply can’t write on chalkboards without causing internal bleeding for those within earshot of the squeaking. Long story short (too late), I want to learn to write pretty.
Brittany of Glitter & Bold — who makes lovely hand-painted mugs, pillows, towels and things — supplied myself and the two other students with notebooks and two brush pens each (one black and one hot pink.)
With the brush pens (which mimic paint brushes), you get a nice diversity of thickness with your lines. Brittany taught us to pull lightly on the tip of the pen on upward motions and press the side of the pen on downward motions.
It takes little bit of getting used to, so we filled entire sheets of paper practicing just one letter.
Practice does make perfect, and I think I’m getting better! I can’t wait for her hand lettering basics class next Wednesday. It’s sold out, but I’m sure she’ll host more.